Aaron Dignan: How To Think Like a Startup from 99U on Vimeo.
We all know about the nimble startup that outflanks the big guys. But how can larger institutions take advantage of the same cultural phenomena as their smaller, newer counterparts? In this presentation, Undercurrent founding partner Aaron Dignan juxtaposes the characteristics that make businesses (and some aspects of nature) last for the long haul.
The most successful companies of the digital age display characteristics of what Dignan calls a “complex adaptive system.” They are networks instead of hierarchies, they process information rather than manage it, and they adapt rather than sustain. By thinking like a complex adaptive system, Dignan says, “you will be able to handle complexity and scale and you’ll be able to adapt in a way that your competition won’t.”
Social Media and the death of formal communication. There is a growing gap between formal and informal communication. As Social Media is showing us how easy it can be to have an informal conversation online in a human tone of voice, organizations are slow to catch up and still use formal communication to reach out. How long can this last? Interesting thoughts by @CopyDimitri
Susan Gregg Koger: Being a Rookie Is an Asset from 99U on Vimeo.
When she co-founded the online clothing retailer ModCloth, Susan Gregg Koger had never worked in retail and had no connections with the fashion industry. She had no experience that helped her write a business plan or how to source inventory for her site. But being a “rookie” turned out to be asset as she built her company without the constraints of tradition or routine. Since founding the company in college, Koger and her team have innovated in the online retail world with unconventional tactics like asking her customers to select what dresses to stock, and using user photos on product pages.
“Approaching a problem from a rookie point of view enables you to innovate just because you don’t how its usually done,” she says.
Music revenues are declining for more than ten years. But we are not listening less music. Digital revolution, piracy, streaming and mostly customers behaviors are affecting heavily the monetization of the entire industry. Define a new business model is key to grow. Interesting thoughts by Stefano Catracchia
Self-driving cars were just the start. What’s the future of big data-driven technology and design? In a thrilling science talk, Kenneth Cukier looks at what’s next for machine learning — and human knowledge.
By referencing several of the current changes as social media we limit the perspective and reach of our ideas. We see these activities as satellites outside of core business, insignificant flirting with customers compared to the bigger commercial changes happening. Interesting thoughts from Helge Tennø